A Tip A Day #2 – Display custom popup message while Submitting for Approval

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A Tip A Day, daily dosage of learning!

 Day #2 – Display custom popup message while Submitting for Approval

Standard Approval Process Feature: When you setup Standard Approval process on any object, a standard button ‘Submit For Approval’ will be added to the page layout of the object’s record. When you click on the button, it will show a “standard” popup message asking if you want to submit for approval.

Requirement: The requirement is to change that standard message and display a different message “Is the contract signed” and if they click Yes, then the approval process should kick in.  Salesforce doesn’t allow to change the popup message.  Here’s the solution.


  • Create a custom button and add this code.  In this code as you can see we are adding a different message – “Submit for Approval only if the contract is signed”.  Then we call a class called “ApprovalProcessor” with a method “submitAndProcessApprovalRequest”

if(confirm('Submit for Approval only if the Contract is signed, 
else click Cancel')){ 
  • 2. Create an apex class: Create the Class Approval Processor with a static method. The method calls the Approval process you already setup – PTO_Request_Process.  Below is the code

public class ApprovalProcessor {
webservice void submitAndProcessApprovalRequest() {
// Create an approval request for the account
Approval.ProcessSubmitRequest req1 = new Approval.ProcessSubmitRequest();
req1.setComments('Submitting request for approval.');
// Submit on behalf of a specific submitter
// Submit the record to specific process and skip the criteria evaluation
// Submit the approval request for the account
Approval.ProcessResult result = Approval.process(req1);
// Verify the result
'Pending', result.getInstanceStatus(),
'Instance Status'+result.getInstanceStatus());

So, in this process you are still using the standard out of the box functionality of Approval Process but just that the initiation is done from a custom button instead of standard button.

Hope this helps!

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